Ben Brereton has been called up to the Chile national team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Brereton joined Blackburn from Nottingham Forest in a £7million deal back in 2018/19, and has since made 88 appearances for Rovers.
The 22-year-old has been a key player under Tony Mowbray this season, scoring seven goals and adding five assists in 40 Championship appearances.
The attacker will now look forward to the summer, with a potential World Cup campaign on the horizon.
Can you name the Blackburn Rovers player who has been carded the most in each of the last 16 seasons?
Not with England, though. Rovers have this afternoon announced that Brereton has been called up to the Chile national team for the very first time.
Brereton is eligible to play for Chile because of his mother’s birthplace, and has pledged international allegiance to them having previously played for England’s Under-19s’ and England’s Under-20s’.
He will now be part of the squad to face Argentina on June 3rd, before La Roja host Bolivia on June 8th as part of their World Cup qualifying campaign.
It’s undoubtedly a big moment for Brereton, who will be looking to make his international debut at the age of 22.
He would have initially wanted that to be with England, but this opportunity has clearly been too good for the attacker to turn down.
Here, we take a look at Blackburn fans’ reactions to his call-up…
Go on Brereton 👏 Chilean star 🇨🇱🌟 when England aren't playing we're all Chilean now, aren't we? 😏🔵⚪
— ChrisBRFC (@ChrisBRFC91) May 24, 2021
Brilliant news! Chuffed for Big Ben! International Experience wil ldo him a world of good! 🔵⚪🌹
— Jay Winstanley (@TheAdder180) May 24, 2021
— Tom (@tombury89) May 24, 2021
Potential match up with Messi to see who really is the best player I'm the world
— Patrick (@AON_NOG) May 24, 2021
Oh yes I’ve always thought he was Chilean through and through
— Scott Gretton (@ScottGretton) May 24, 2021
Screw the rest of the world this is the maddest news in the last 18 months
— RockNRun85 (@RockNRun85) May 24, 2021
Who would’ve thought😂
— Luke (@LukeFielding95) May 24, 2021
Well you learn something new everyday…
— Luke Greenhalgh (@iciboy_luke) May 24, 2021